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					  SAFER COMMUNITY COMPACT GRANTS ANNOUNCED
Safer Community Compact grants are non-recurrent grants available to local
Councils in NSW that have a crime prevention plan endorsed by the NSW Attorney
General as a Safer Community Compact. The grants support the implementation of
strategies identified in endorsed crime prevention plans. At present,
eligible councils can apply for funding of up to $50,000 each year their Safer
Community Compact is endorsed.

The most recent round of Safer Community Compact Grants funded the following list
of 14 projects totalling $469,396.

Council:            Hurstville City Council
Project name:       Business Watch
Grant amount:       $49,782.00
Project description:
A pro-active community based crime prevention pilot program that aims to impact on
the incidences of fraud and break, enter and steal from retail stores located in the
Mortdale Shopping Centre. The project will assist business operators in the local
area with the establishment of a Business Watch Network to create greater
awareness of crime prevention and safety measures. The project‟s goal is to reduce
the number and nature of criminal activities in the local area.

Funding will be used to employ a temporary project worker for a period of 36 weeks
who will establish the Business Watch Network, provide training and support for
network members, develop a Business Watch Kit, conduct safety audits and
coordinate the implementation of outcomes from the safety audits. At the completion
of an appropriate evaluation, consideration will be given to developing similar
strategies in other business centres located within the Hurstville LGA.


Council:            Orange City Council
Project name:       Mob Connection
Grant amount:        $50,000
Project description:
The Mob Connection Program is aimed at connecting with marginalised Aboriginal
young people from Orange and surrounding areas by providing a range of activities
including after school programs, vacation programs, recreation activities and
mentoring programs. Building on the popular Mob Sport concept, young Aboriginal
people will have the opportunity to discover their identity and establish a connection
with the Orange community.

The project aims to reduce the incidence of malicious damage to property and
vandalism in the Orange LGA. Funding will provide wages for casual youth workers
who will work collaboratively with Council‟s Youth Development Officer in developing
and implementing a range of activities and will cover costs for conducting education
workshops, vacation and after school programs.
Council:              Penrith City Council
Project name:         Streetwork project – sharing the public domain
Grant amount:         $49,850
Project description:
The suburb of Cranebrook is frequented by young people with some participating in
underage drinking, vandalism, risk taking and criminal activities. The geographic
isolation of this urban community makes it difficult for young people to access
activities and entertainment held in Penrith CBD particularly on Friday and Saturday
evenings. Local Police data shows an upward trend in the incidence of malicious
damage in Cranebrook. These activities have been causing conflict with other users
of the public domain.

Cranebrook has been identified as a “hotspot” in the Penrith LGA for young people at
risk, with “high risk” indicators including involvement in the Juvenile Justice system
and young people not participating in or significantly disengaged from the education
system. This project aims to work with these young people who are not accessing
mainstream youth services using a streetwork model in which local services will
engage with young people through referral and partnership activities.

Funding for this project includes wages for youth project workers. Council is
contributing a significant amount of costs towards entertainment, venue hire and
vehicle costs that will enhance this project.


Council:            Greater Taree Shire Council
Project name:       Out there
Grant amount:       $50,000
Project description:
The project aims to reduce malicious damage and vandalism offences by making
contact with young people at “hotspots” and addressing anti-social behaviours
including drug and alcohol related misuse. A response team comprising health
workers, counsellors and law enforcement officers, discuss behaviours that result in
malicious damage and inform young people of alternative appropriate behaviours.

Funding will provide wages for a Project Coordinator and a contribution toward the
wages of Response Team Youth Workers to work with young people at the identified
“hot spots” on Friday and Saturday evenings and school holidays.


Council:               Waverley Council
Project name:          Wake Up – Waverley Alcohol Awareness
Grant amount:           $49,992
Project description:
The project goal is to reduce the incidence of alcohol-related crime (assault and
malicious damage) at targeted hot spots within Waverley such as Bondi Beach and
Bondi Junction. A project worker will be employed to implement a range of strategies
that will target local young people as well as young adult backpackers.
The project will implement five targeted strategies designed to address alcohol-
related crime:

      Alcohol education booklet, which will include information regarding drink-
       spiking and alcohol free zones.
      Call it a night without a fight program – in conjunction with the local Liquor
       Accord.
      Outreach program expanding existing outreach networks particularly for
       young people at risk and backpackers.
      Parent Education Campaign aimed at alerting parents to the dangers of binge
       drinking and how to manage teenagers and alcohol.
      Feet on the Street Community Audits to involve community members in
       CPTED safety audits around public spaces including licensed premises and
       beaches.


Council:           Wellington Council
Project name:      Preventing malicious damage – youth activities
Grant amount:       $39,000
Project description:
The project aims to reduce the incidence of malicious damage, vandalism, graffiti
and theft by developing a range of activities to engage young people in Wellington
and surrounding areas.

Activities will be conducted on Friday and Saturday evenings in partnership with the
local PCYC and transport will be provided to young people from outlying areas such
as Mumbil, Stuart Town and Geurie. Wellington Aboriginal Community Health
Service and the local Aboriginal Men‟s and Women‟s Groups are partners in the
project.

Funding will employ a youth coordinator, contribute towards the transport costs and
expenses incurred for facilitating activities such as catering and venue costs.


Council:            Wellington Council
Project name:       Breaking the break and enter cycle
Grant amount:       $11,000
Project description:
The incidence of Break and Enter in the Wellington LGA is significantly higher than
the state average. This project is aimed at reducing the incidence of Break and Enter
by making the identification of stolen property easier and by increasing the level of
communication between the local Police and the community regarding these
matters.

Funding provided would enable the purchase of four engraving machines to allow
local residents to engrave their valuables free of charge. This will make it more
difficult to sell stolen items through outlets, which should reduce the number of break
and enter offences.
To enhance communication between Police and the community and to create
awareness of the engraving project the Council and Police will participate in a range
of community activities including BBQ‟s to promote the program, and help build
relationships between Police and local residents.


Council:           Greater Hume Shire Council
Project name:      Consenting Partnerships
Grant amount:      $57,588.75
Project description:
According to BOCSAR data, the former Culcairn and Lockart LGA‟s (prior to
amalgamation into Greater Hume) ranked 19 and 3 respectively in the state for
Sexual Assaults. This project aims to reduce the incidence of sexual assault
amongst young people.

Developed in partnership with the NSW Department of Education, Local Schools,
Department of Community Services – VAW Specialists and the Area Health Service,
this program will be delivered in schools by community workers and teachers. The
program will increase the awareness of sexual assault as a crime and enhance
mechanisms for victims to report sexual assault.

Funding will provide for a project coordinator and develop resource kits for 150 Year
10 High School students participating in the program.


Council:             Byron Shire Council
Project name:        Safe Events Safe Communities
Grant amount:        $20,000
Project description:
Each year there is a significant influx of tourists to the Byron Bay area to attend
organised events such as New Years Eve, Blues Festival, Splendour in the Grass
and Schoolies Week. Some of these events attract up to 30,000 participants and are
linked to a significant increase in Byron crime statistics, particularly for alcohol
related sexual offences/assault, assault, drug detection and stealing. The aim of the
project is to reduce the incidence of drug and alcohol abuse and assaults at events
in the Byron Shire.

The project has two major components, the first being an Events Strategy that
incorporates Safety Management, a Communications Strategy and ways to Engage
Business. The second component involves youth partnerships and includes the
development of a “Party Safe” kit.

Funding will allow for the development of these strategies with strong community
involvement in designing and implementation of the strategies. It is anticipated that
the project will offer sustainable and better managed solutions for safer communities
and events.
Council:           Byron Shire Council
Project name:      Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign
Grant amount:      $15,000
Project description:

2004 BOCSAR data states that Byron Shire is ranked 16 th highest LGA in the state
for sexual assault. The regular partying that occurs in a tourist town like Byron can
impact on young peoples perception of openness to risk taking behaviours, which
can lead them to be exploited by sexual predators. Byron has almost 2 million
visitors each year converging on a township with a regular population of 5,000.

The local sexual assault service is concerned with the number of possible drug or
alcohol facilitated rapes coming to the services attention. A multi-strategy approach
aimed at reducing drug and alcohol facilitated sexual assault in Byron will be
implemented.

The project involves a range of activities including a community/school-based
campaign focussing on the issue of „consent‟ in drug and alcohol facilitated sexual
assault. Out of these focus groups and consultations, a community awareness
campaign will be developed involving young people, schools, licensed venues, key
service providers, the community and visitors to the area.

The funding will contribute towards the development of TV ads, rest room posters
and street banners.


Council:           Tweed Shire Council
Project name:      Portable Beach Lockers
Grant amount:      $12,400
Project description:
The Coolangatta – Tweed Safety Action Plan identified that portable beach lockers
were an appropriate strategy to combat the increasing challenge of property crime.
The lack of secure places to store possessions while swimming or playing in the
water means that members of the public are having wallets, keys and other personal
items stolen.

The application is to fund portable beach lockers at three border beach locations
being: Rainbow Bay, Point Danger and Duranbah Beach for 7 days a week, 8 hours
a day for a 12-week trial period. The lease of the lockers includes the staffing costs
at the locker locations.


Council:             Tweed Shire Council
Project name:        S.A.I.L.S.
                     Sailing Adventures in Life Skills Diversionary Program
Grant amount:        $7,284
Program Description:
This program uses sailing and sailing related activities as a conduit to enhancing
self-esteem for local young people while imparting life skills. The objective is to offer
skills in communication, team building, leadership and conflict resolution as well as
offering a referral service to appropriate health, education, employment and
counselling services for local young people at risk.

Previous trials of the S.A.I.L.S. Project in New Zealand had a positive impact on
youth crime statistics. Closer to home a trial currently being conducted on the Gold
Coast Beaches has just received additional funding. As this is a cross border project
involving Tweed Shire Council and Gold Coast City Council (a partnership the
Division has actively encouraged), the expansion of the project from the Gold Coast
to be trialled in Tweed is an appropriate progression. Local young people will be
actively involved in a consultation process on how the program will be conducted
either as a block program over a couple of weeks or spread out over an entire term.

Funding is for staff to undertake both the program consultation and program delivery,
transport costs for kayaks, catamarans and other associated sailing equipment and
catering costs for participants.


Council:             Tweed Shire Council
Project name:        Domestic Abuse Awareness – Education for Youth
Grant amount:        $7,500
Project description:
This project provides domestic abuse awareness sessions for young people on the
Southern Gold Coast and Tweed. Sessions will be conducted through schools from
Currumbin to Kingscliffe to students in Years 6, 7,11 & 12. The sessions comprise a
series of presentations delivered by trained, experienced workers from government
and non-government organisations in partnership with school staff and counsellors.

The funding required will cover the facilitators‟ costs to deliver 20 domestic abuse
sessions, design and development costs for 5,000 workbooks for participating
students, and production costs of performers in drama skits.


Council:            Coonamble Shire Council
Project name:       Creating Futures in Coonamble
Grant amount:       $50,000
Project description:
The aim of the project is to reduce the incidence of anti-social behaviour by young
people and to create a more positive relationship between the police and local young
people.

The “Creating Futures” project will provide structured fully supervised education and
pre-vocational activities for young people in a non-threatening environment. This
project aims to increase education and employment outcomes for local young people
through the development of partnerships with outreach service providers. A program
of education, recreation and leisure activities will be conducted including structured
entertainment opportunities during the evenings organised and supervised by local
youth workers.

Funding will enable the employment of additional youth worker hours and provide for
materials and resources such as costs for camps, excursions to Sydney to visit
Tranby College & Sydney University and fees for sporting & recreation registration,
training and equipment.

				
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